Use or not to use paper on bulletin boards

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  1. applecore

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    My "Welcome to 3rd Grade" bulletin board is sans paper as the background. Instead, I opted for the natural background look and made it work with my "natural" theme this school year; and I use white material for the bulletin boards in my classroom.

    So far I've majority of my teacher friends say "yea" and a few on the "nay" side. I just tell the naysayers that they have more paper to use with their bulletin boards. :D

    And I like the natural so much that I'm thinking of just changing the border each time I have something to share!


    Have you decided or completed your bulletin boards?
     
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  3. Toy_03

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    We can't return to work early to set up our rooms :(

    As for your board, choose what you think is best for YOUR classroom. *shrugs*
     
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  4. bison

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    I do quite a lot of bulletin board stuff as a para because I do them for multiple teachers. Paper is SO annoying! It rips, fades, is annoying to put up, etc. I would either use fabric or nothing at all if you have a cork board that looks okay. I think cork could look great, we just rarely have it in these parts. We usually just have those ugly soft beige walls that you can staple in. Those look better covered in fabric when possible. The only time I'd advocate paper is if you have a surface that you can't stick pins or staples in, like cinder block.
     
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    Not sure why other colleagues are weighing in on your Bb...the most I ever give/ hear is ' love your BB' :)

    Our BBs are lined with a nice background covering...saves paper, more fire-safe...so hardly none line their backgrounds with additional paper.
     
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    I use plastic tablecloths from the dollar store. I like it much better than paper.

    I agree though, do what you feel most comfortable with!
     
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    I can't believe someone would critique your board! I personally use fabric unless I'm doing a theme-y board which might require other materials. I actually like the look of cork, so I think it probably looks great especially with a natural theme.
     
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    I have fabric on the 3 small bulletin boards in my room, but the one in my hallway is HUGE. Fabric is too expensive here to buy that much, so I use paper. I hate how hard it is to get the paper up. This is probably bad, but I just left up the paper from last year that had a few rips. I just put things on top of the rips so you couldn't see them...
     
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    I would do the same thing. It is really hard to get up there, especially by yourself! It's easy to rip too, so you'd be replacing it all the time.
     
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    I'm lucky, my Bb has a blue background. I have left it natural. I like fabric the best and have several basic colors. I recently found a high gloss heavy paper that came in a lime green which went with my room colors. It was up from jan.- jun with no fading. I am starting this year with similar paper but it has an underwater scene on it!
     
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    Do you know the brand of the paper? I'm very interested in this. :)
     
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    I was thinking of using fabric, but I bought plastic table cloths since finances are tight. However, I then realized that my new bulletin boards are black, so I just kept the background as is. Do whatever you're most comfortable with. I just can't imagine criticizing another teacher's BB!
     
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    My walls are alternating blue and natural color bulletin boards for the whole room. I don't usually put paper up - just borders because the background still looks good and is better for fire code. I put up paper if I want to draw attention to something.

    I am also crazy about not leaving staples in the walls. The bulletin board material isn't cork and doesn't show the holes, which is great. I have been in the room 12 years and the walls are good as new because I have taken care of them. I think it is tacky when teachers leave the staples in the walls, but that is just me.
     
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    This is what I do as well. They go up quickly and easily, don't fade and come in a multitude of colours (although, I always use black).

    However...do what makes you happy and don't worry about what anyone else thinks about your boards!
     
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    I agree with everyone - do what you want! It's your bulletin board!

    I use fade-proof paper from the teacher store. I've had one up for four years. I'm only changing it out this year because there was an incident with a marker at the end of last year.
     
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    Thankfully the other teachers I work with aren't harsh, but just give their two-cents; apparently we're VERY open with each other. LOL

    Trust me, I love to do bulletin boards, but I really suck at the artistic part, so I welcome the critique and help. So, it's really me. It takes me FOREVER to think and decide on bulletin board stuff, so I avoid the whole "cuteness" factor and go plain or simple---and I've grown to HATE putting up paper.

    I'm so glad to hear there's teachers out there who choose to use what they like as well.

    I've seen the fade-proof paper from the teacher stores as well, but after using material on my BB's, I've grown to love it!

    Thanks for sharing all your ideas and thoughts.
     
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    Our bulletin boards, especially the ones in our room are very old so the backs are dirty and yucky looking so I cover with paper. I could see it looking nice without the paper on a newer/nicer board though.
     
  18. Lysander

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    I personally use paper, but have used fabric in the past. The cork is fine, but my walls are a similar beige color. I use the paper of fabric just to add a little color to a very dull room.
     
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    I have done paper and material. Right now I have paper on two and the third I'm using as a word wall so I laminated construction paper and put that up.
     
  20. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I've always used paper. Some teachers use fabric, though, which looks nice.

    I don't think it's anyone's place to weigh in on how your bulletin boards look unless you specifically ask them for an opinion.
     
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    I use black fabric on my BB's. I have seen some people go with the "natural" look like you have done. I think it looks good on some boards, and a little drab on others. To each their own-I'm sure yours look great! ;)
     

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